Okinawa: History of an Island People
George Kerr, Mitsugu Sakihara


Paperback | Feb 2018 | Tuttle Publishing | 9784805314791 | 616pp | 230x130mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$34.99


Okinawa: The History of an Island People is the most complete history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands available in English. This new edition has been revised and updated with a comprehensive Afterword by the noted Okinawa scholar Dr. Mitsugu Sakihara.

Over 100 years since the beginning of Okinawan emigration to the United States and 70 years since the climactic Battle of Okinawa signaled the beginning of the end to World War II—these tiny, charming islands continue to be a crucial nerve center in U.S. strategic defense plans for Asia.

More than that, they are now a burgeoning tourist destination and an ongoing source of friction for U.S.-Japan relations. This book explains what makes Okinawa and Okinawans so unique.